Column by Hal Walter
Ski History – December 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine
The ski slopes loom above Westcliffe like a trophy, a lasting tribute to development gone awry.
It isn’t the only failed ski area in Custer County, just the most visible. Perhaps no other county in Colorado has as many ghost ski areas.
People have tried again and again to make skiing work here and it just hasn’t. The lack of snow in some years — accompanied by the bounty of extreme winds — makes skiing marginal here.